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On Friday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that schools across the state are cleared to reopen in the fall; however, it must be noted that a “one size fits all” model has not been adopted. Local politicians and superintendents may now decide whether and how to reopen schools. Whatever they decide, all 749 school districts in the state will be required to post plans for remote learning and test and trace programs by the end of this week, and these must be approved by the Education and Health Departments. The state has also mentioned that schools will close if the infection rate spikes above 9 percent over a 7-day average, and Mayor de Blasio has already said that city schools will not open if the metric rises over 3 percent.

The news comes at a time when fewer than 1 percent of coronavirus tests in the state of New York came back positive. The state’s hospitalizations, intubations, and ICU numbers also remain low and steady, which Governor Cuomo attributes to the carefully phased reopening and New Yorkers’ willingness to change their behavior.
Another sign of hope can be found on the business side, where a coalition of 27 major companies has pledged to hire 100,000 low-income and Black, Latino, and Asian workers in New York City over the next 10 years. The team, which included executives from Mastercard, JPMorgan Chase, The New York Times, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon, is also funding the creation of the New York Jobs C.E.O. Council, which will work with universities, the city's government, and other non-profits to prepare a new generation of New Yorkers for high-paying jobs at major companies. The effort began before the pandemic, but has taken on a new sense of urgency now.

High-floor 432 Park Avenue condo listed for $90M

From the listing: Occupying over 8,000 square feet, perched over 1,100 feet in the air with absolutely breathtaking panoramic 360-degree views of all of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, The 82nd Floor at 432 Park Avenue has been completely reimagined by one of the most sought-after design houses in London and represents an utterly unique opportunity to own a globally significant property.

The residence is comprised of 5 bedrooms, 2 master bathrooms, 4 on-suite guest bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, 2 offices, 2 dressing rooms, a media room, an oversized eat-in gourmet chef's kitchen, and a sprawling 1,100 square-foot Great Room perfectly situated in the prime southwest corner of the floor.

The sprawling full-floor home features soaring 12'-6? ceilings, 10'x10' windows, white oak flooring and window seating throughout. A selection of exquisite stone wraps the kitchen and each bathroom, intricate design details including custom wall treatments and millwork abound. The 82nd Floor has been completely refit with centrally controlled, state-of-the-art media, climate, and security systems.
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New commercial tower in Gansevoort Market Historic District approved with modifications

 
 
 
 
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About two months after a ruling of “no action” on a new tower and alterations at 44-54 Ninth Avenue and 351-355 West 14th Street, the designers found themselves back before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (“Landmarks”). The plan was to build a new commercial tower down the street from Google’s New York headquarters, as well as restore the existing mixed-use buildings to their former glory.
BKSK Architects, designer of the nearby Gansevoort Row, put on a presentation that took many of the past concerns into account. To that end, the emphasis is now on restoring the existing buildings to a greater degree. Moreover, the materiality of the new tower has been changed from glass to brick so as to better recall historic masonry buildings. The new tower has been reduced to eight stories, the top-floor windscreen has been removed, and the floor-to-floor height was reduced to put it well within scale of the district.
Commissioners were largely positive about the changes and expressed appreciation for the comprehensive presentation and new emphasis on restoration. However, some were concerned about the details of the balcony, the storefronts, and the solar panels. Chair Sarah Carroll proposed that they wrap the balcony around, restudy the details of the balcony and cornice, restudy the details, materials, and rhythm of storefronts, and limit the solar panels to the 14th Street side only. With a 9-2 voted, the project was approved with modifications.

Landmarks wants design modifications for the restoration and addition of 107 South Street

 
 
 
 
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In November 2019, Dr. Michel Cohen, founder of Tribeca Pediatrics, purchased a historic building at 107 South Street for $6 million. The building dates back to 1819 and was originally a fish warehouse/wholesaler; Dr. Cohen bought it with the goal of restoring it and turning it into his business’ headquarters, as it has been a part of the Lower Manhattan community since 1996.

The building is in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and Thomas Barry of OPerA Studio Architecture appeared before Landmarks with plans for a 2,300-square-foot expansion that would add one story plus a mezzanine on top. The proposal calls for maintenance of the existing cornice line, a dormer set back from the cornice line, and the existing stairs and bracing to be removed. Additionally, the application calls for an updated storefront with new steel and glass windows.
Manhattan Community Board 1 recommended approval for the project. However, the Historic Districts Council raised concerns about the storefront and described the rooftop addition as “a visible, massive doorstop.” Landmarks Commissioners largely appreciated the idea of breathing new life into the building, but also expressed concerns about the size and visibility of the dormer. No action was taken.

Newcomers are not deterred from New York

Much has been written about long-time New Yorkers fleeing the city in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of whom are considering making their temporary moves permanent. However, the New York Post recently ran a profile on a cohort of optimistic newcomers. Some came to the city for their careers, others were eager to take advantage of softening prices and rent concessions, and all were not about to be deterred by anything, including a pandemic.

The transplants arrived in a new real estate environment. Claudia Rodriguez, an agent with Douglas Elliman, commented that, “before COVID, a lot of landlords would never do a remote lease signing.” That has now changed; and thanks to virtual tours and personalized video call walk-throughs, no one was forced to make a decision sight unseen. Learn more about how to make the most of these here.

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